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Alexis Sanchez does it again

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Well, well, well! Morning Gooners, how was yesterday for you? I was really impressed by the way we played against Stoke City and none more so than the performance of Alexis Sanchez. He really is one special player. If you didn’t see the game yet, Sanchez made an assist for our first goal, for Laurent Koscielny, he then scored a wonder goal having beaten three defenders and tucking in the ball at the front post of Asmir Begovic, then finishing up with a free kick under the wall. The game could’ve easily been 8-0, not 3-0, but for the excellent shot stopping of Begovic. That’s one keeper I wish we’d have signed a few years back….

So, I said yesterday that I think our run and our season starts here. I truly believe that. Yes I know we have Man City coming up, but with the returning Theo Walcott, Aaron Ramsey and Mesut Ozil; we’ve got a decent squad to choose from. The downside of yesterday was yet another injury to Mathieu Debuchy. He’ll be out for a month or longer with dislocated shoulder. But to be honest, I think we have cover for him in Calum Chambers and Hector Bellerin. Who would I go for? Bellerin… of course. He looks the part and deserves playing time.

The other impressive performance from yesterday was that of Coquelin. Out of nowhere he’s come back to Arsenal after a few spells on loan and is now an important member of the first team. Just goes to show you….

Anyway, we now need to focus all of our efforts on a big win against Man City next weekend. I believe we can do it – do you?

Important WBA win; we must buy a defensive midfielder

Danny Welbeck Olivier Giroud

That was a big win for us yesterday. WBA made it difficult for Arsenal at the end, but a goal from Welbz was enough to secure an important 3 points and push us a little further up the Premier League table. All in all, that was a pretty good week. A 2-0 home win against Borussia Dortmund was of course the highlight. However, we’ve had the additional setback of further injuries. Jack Wilshere had to have surgery and will miss three months of action. Mikel Arteta picked up a knock. Yesterday, Nacho Monreal had to come off for Gibbs and also it is possible the Ox might miss a game or two. I know many people are questioning our medical team and training, but I think it’s really bad luck. I think a lot of it is to do with the types of players Arsene Wenger recruits. Buying players like Yaya Sanogo, Thomas Eisfeld and Abou Diaby, young players with certain question marks over their fitness, shows Arsene Wenger tends to take a bit of a risk when purchasing players.
Anyway, we now move on to our next game. Six points from our last two games is a big boost for the team.
In terms of yesterday’s performance against West Brom, it was crucial having Laurent Koscielny back in the side. He and Per Mertesacker really complement each other well at the back and it’s good to have our two recognised players back at the heart of defence. I know people were asking why we sold Thomas Vermaelen, but I think it is obvious that Calum Chambers could end up being a centre back and the Belgian’s replacement. By the way, Vermaelen is out until April next year through injury and hasn’t yet played a game for Barca…
Aaron Ramsey is having a worrying spell of form recently. I know I’m not the only one who transferred him out of their fantasy team more than a month ago. Yesterday was the same. He’s not making his usua runs into the box and he doesn’t track back efficiently enough. Good performances on the whole came from Danny Welbeck, Olivier Giroud did his thing pretty well, Santi Cazorla got stuck in to continue his great performance after the Dortmund game and at the back pretty good too. Martinez seems a decent backup for us in goal, but I can’t imagine he’ll keep the number 1 jersey for long. I want to see Ospina in between the sticks as soon as possible.
On to the January transfer window. One thing I’ve noticed from all top European sides such as Real Madrid and Bayern Munich is that their formation seems to all have a similar setup.
Take Bayern for example: Lewandowski up front, has three men behind him at all times. Robben, Ribery and Muller. Goetze can sit behind those four. Bayern then sit an anchorman behind those 5. Xabi Alonso. Or even Bastian Schweinsteiger.
Real Madrid have Benzema up top, Ronaldo playing loose behind him; Rodriguez and Bale on the flanks. Behind that, Toni Kroos sits in the middle of midfield. Behind him? an anchorman. Sami Khedira.

Let’s look at Arsenal’s formation. You can easily put Olivier Giroud up front and he’ll do a job. On the flanks, you can choose your pick between Welbeck, Walcott, Cazorla, Podolski, Sanchez. Behind him, I’d like to see us play Ramsey in that Kroos/Goetze role. But where is our anchorman? We’re currently playing Arteta alongside a Ramsey/Wilshere combo. That’s not really doing the job. Arteta tries to play the water carrier alongside those players, but he’s not quick enough, not strong enough and not a defensive midfielder. I think in January Arsene Wenger needs to buy a central defensive midfielder. Who would I like to see? It’s difficult to say because I don’t know who is on the market. Who do I like? Well, Matic at Chelsea is the type of player I think we need. We could’ve had Luiz Gustavo, we turned him down. We chased Xabi Alonso for years, he’s at Bayern now. We’re apparently chasing Sami Khedira. Not sure he’ll join us, though.
Personally, I think Arturo Vidal is the best in the world. Maybe with the Chilean connection of Alexis Sanchez at the club, we have a chance?
In terms of market availability, it is clear there is one man who Arsenal should sign. He’s French, he plays at Southampton, with whom we have an excellent relationship… Morgan Schneiderlin.
But the price wouldn’t come cheap… but he did want to leave for Spurs last summer, so maybe we have a chance.

End of the road for Arsene Wenger?

Arsenal Swansea

I don’t know about you, but I’ve had enough. With Arsene Wenger effectively conceding the title to Chelsea yesterday, and after a shocking defensive display that saw Arsenal slump to a 2-1 defeat to Swansea City; I think most Gunners’ fans’ patience has now been fully tested.

Watching the game was an absolute nightmare. Bar Alexis Sanchez and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, we were awful. At the back Per Mertesacker had a shocker and Nacho Monreal IS NOT A CENTRE BACK. We had chances in the summer to buy a replacement for Vermaelen but failed. In midfield Aaron Ramsey played poorly and Mathieu Flamini and Mikel Arteta were non-existent. When is Arsene going to learn that these players are not good enough for a championship challenging side?

The worst part about it all, was the fact that Arsenal went out with the most useless looking line up for a visit to Swansea. You have to attack these teams. You can break them with talent alone. Why on earth we are still not playing Podolski and Joel Campbell and prefer to bring Yaya Sanogo off of the bench is a complete mystery to me and just about every Arsenal fan.

Arsene Wenger has lost the plot. He is so powerful at the club, he is the decision maker from top to bottom. The problem is, he’s got too much power and calls the shots. If players like Campbell and Podolski want to leave, he doesn’t play them. He’s too much pride. It’s time for him to consider his future.

I’m pretty sure we’ll be up there at the end of the season. The only silver lining is that Manchester United, Manchester City, Tottenham and Liverpool are also useless this season. We’ve still got plenty of time to push our way into the top four, which as we all know, is like a trophy to our ageing coach.

Is it time for a change? Yes, it probably is…

Alexis Sanchez – fast becoming a hero at the Emirates

Alexis Sanchez

A hard fought 2-0 win over Sunderland last weekend was necessary to ensure a confidence boost for Arsenal. After scraping a 2-1 win over Anderlecht, we were lucky for three points there to almost certainly ensure qualification for the next round of the Champions League. We needed to get our league hopes back on track and thankfully the ever impressive Alexis Sanchez was on hand to grab two goals.
Sure, both were courtesy of suspect goalkeeping and defending, but who cares. You have to be class to fight for both of those goals and that’s exactly what the Chilean international did.

I was really happy to grab three points against Sunderland. Most importantly, we have a relatively nice few games ahead. We’ve got players returning from injury, most notably Aaron Ramsey and Theo Walcott. There’s lots to look forward to.

It was nice to see Chelsea also drop points in the last minute to Man Utd so that their lead at the top has been reduced.

We’ve got Burnley at home next. I hate these kinds of games, they’re always a potential banana skin. What we need to do is put out a very strong side and go into the game with confidence.

For now that’s all – good to be on track fellow Gooners!

Tricky Everton game coming up; mixed start to season

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Hello Gooners,

It’s been a topsy turvy start to the new season. With a last gasp 2-1 win over Crystal Palace on the back up a 3-0 win over City in the Shield, we traveled to Turkey on Tuesday night for the first leg of our Champions League qualifier with Besiktas. It wasn’t the best of performances and I felt we were lucky to come home with the draw. Despite that, we’re still in a good position to qualify and we need to be at our best at home to see of the Turkish club. Demba Ba looked particularly dangerous and we need to nullify that thread in the home return tie. Finally, with Aaron Ramsey missing after his red card, we need to bring Ozil back for the return leg. His creativity will be important going forward.

Now we move on to a big weekend game against Everton. I wonder if Per Mertesacker, Podolski and Ozil are ready for a return? Wenger will be tempted but Calum Chambers has been impeccable at the back and also of course Ramsey has been shifted further forward since Ozil has been left out of the side. I expect us to go for it. We need to be winning games away at the top clubs and Everton are in that bracket now. They are able to sign the likes of Lukaku on permanent deals, so they can back their progress last season with financial brevity as well.

I do fancy us to get three points this weekend. Martinez is a great manager. I really like him and I think he is a candidate for replacing Wenger eventually. But I think this is going to be a tricky season for him.¬†What we need to do is attack right away from the off. Everton’s defence is older now and we have the pace to get stuck in.

In transfer news I hear that Sami Khedira has turned down a Real Madrid contract – this is big – we need to bring a defensive midfielder of that calibre before the transfer window shuts – god forbid Chelsea should sign him as well.

That’s all for now – thanks for visiting!

Riproaring Gunners celebrate Community Shield success

Arsenal Community Shield

I was wondering whether or not Arsenal would continue to show the progress made at the end of last season and follow on with a win in the Community Shield and to be honest, I was skeptical, but yesterday’s brilliant 3-0 win over Manchester City could be the boost we need to show we can win a Premier League title.

Goals from Santi Cazorla, Aaron Ramsey and a stunning Olivier Giroud effort ensured we won the trophy.

We were excellent yesterday. Efficient all over the park. Jack Wilshere and Aaron Ramsey are beginning to become one of Arsenal’s best ever central midfield duo and if they can keep up the performances shown in yesterday’s game, we can win the league with these two as our midfielders alongside Mesut Ozil.

I was impressed with the defence as well. Calum Chambers looks to be a steal and capable of playing in central defence despite being a full back (strange move I thought at first but well done Arsene), while Alexis Sanchez at times showed why he is going to be a great asset for us. He’s World Class. He needs to be on the ball at all times because this guy can run at any defender. Can you imagine Sanchez against John Terry next season? I love the idea of seeing Terry on his arse!

So, it’s an important victory for us. Not because the trophy is really that important, but more because it is a blow to City’s preparations and a boost to ours. We now need to prepare for the first game against Crystal Palace now and I look forward to seeing who Arsene Wenger starts in that game!

Come on you gunners!

Emirates Cup ends on sour note

Alexis Sanchez Arsenal

Hi everyone,

So the Emirates Cup is over and unfortunately we didn’t win, not that it is that important anyway. It would have been our first win in the cup in four years but a spirited performance from Monaco and some dodgy refereeing probably cost us a draw. Instead it was Radamel Falcao who scored the winning goal and Valencia went on to win the trophy. What we did learn from this tournament is the following things:

  • Calum Chambers could be playing as a centre back often this season
  • Aaron Ramsey is going to have an excellent season, he finished right where he left off
  • Joel Campbell is unlikely to be staying at Arsenal even though he’s quality – I really liked the way he linked up with Yaya Sanogo against Benfica
  • The players are some way off of full fitness, it will be a real test against Man City

Our next game takes us to the Community Shield at Wembley against Man City, which should be an interesting one. What we do know is that Bacary Sagna is playing for the opposition and I doubt there will be many negative feelings toward him, fair play to him for moving elsewhere after what he’s done. City are also probably a bit short on fitness having had so many players on international duty at the World Cup.

I really liked the look of Alexis Sanchez during the game against Monaco. He looked lively and ready to run with the ball, something Arsenal desperately need throughout the season. Someone who can go at the defence. Walcott can give it a go but for me he doesn’t have that little bit of skill to get past the last defender as much as Sanchez has.

Jack Wilshere was a bit off the pace as well – I know the guy gets a lot of stick for smoking and also for under performing, but this is a massive season for him. He needs to prove that he is a class act as Arsene Wenger has put so much faith in him.

In transfer rumours, there seems to be some noise from Portugal that we’re going to wrap up a deal for William Carvalho for 30 million euros. I will believe that when I see it. If we do get him, that could spell the end for Mikel Arteta (who has today been linked with a transfer to Athletic Bilbao as it goes)…

That’s all for now.

FA Cup winners 2014 – come on you Gooners

FA Cup Winners 2014

So, that’s the end to another long and hard season. What a wonderful finish it was indeed – and our 9 year long spell without a trophy ends.

The game itself was a cracker and I’m sure I wasn’t the only one shitting themselves after Hull went 2-0 up after just 10 minutes. It was the same kind of goal that has haunted us for many years, but not so much this season. A ball in from a corner or free kick and one of the centre backs getting a head on it. We seemed to have got that out of our game over the past few seasons but in the FA Cup final of all games, it came back to haunt us.

What came next was a rapid fire response from Santi Cazorla. He’s been a crucial player for us over the past two seasons and he proved it yet again with a stunning free kick from range to put us back in the game in the 21st minute. From there onwards, Hull were never able to really get back into the tie.

The 71st minute then saw us find our equaliser, as Laurent Koscielny got himself in the right place at the right time to spank the ball home past McGregor in the Hull goal. Game on.

Kieran Gibbs missed an absolute pearl of a chance as he hoofed the ball over the bar in the 87th with the goal at his mercy… finally the game ended and went into extra time.

From there, we finally found the winner as our hero of the season, Aaron Ramsey, scored the winner with the outside of his boot. Our barren run would be over!

What a season it’s been.. now we must grow on this success. We need to improve the playing squad and find talent that is capable of building on this victory. As Lukas Podolski said, the monkey is off the back now.

Arsenal 1-1 Everton – close but no cigar

Per Mertesacker James MCCarthy Everton

So, before the game there was a huge possibility that Arsenal would go 7 points clear at the top of the table. Unfortunately, it just wasn’t to be yesterday. A spirited Everton display kept Arsenal out for the vast majority of the game, and the Toffees actually controlled the first half. The Gunners were on the back foot for most of the game. I was very impressed with the performance of Ross Barkley, he looks a class act. After the game the press praised the midfielder and suggested that Barkley would be a better prospect for England’s World Cup than Jack Wilshere, I would say they are two completely different players. If we have room, we should think about playing both together in Brazil – anyway it gives the national side plenty of options.

The game was an interesting one indeed. Gary Neville is one of the most annoying commentators in the history of the game. For most of the first half he slated the Gunners and their tactics and referred to the importance of Everton’s dominance in possession. To be honest, we looked a bit under pressure but our defence seemed to have the game under control for most of the half. Into the second half, and we looked to have bucked our ideas up a bit. Then came Wenger’s last throw of the dice. A triple substitution introducing Flamini, Walcott and Rosicky – I can’t remember ever seeing Arsene Wenger substitute three players at once? Anyway, it seemed to work as in the 80th minute Mesut Ozil spanked home from a Walcott cross. The Gunners arguably weren’t the best team in this game and Everton were behind. Almost immediately, Deulofeu scored a leveller, well deserved to be fair. He looks one heck of a player and Barcelona will be lucky to have him, let’s see how long it is until he makes barca’s first team.¬†Speaking of performances, Aaron Ramsey was absolutely below average yesterday – he needs a rest. Let’s hope he gets a chance soon before we knacker him out.

Overall, it wasn’t the best of performances. I think this Everton side are the real deal and could challenge for honours this year. It’s a realistic achievement that they can one day win the FA Cup or even challenge for Champions League qualification. Roberto Martinez is an excellent manager – possible Wenger replacement in a few years time? possibly.

Now we have a visit to Napoli in the Champions League on Wednesday in what is a very crucial game. We just need to not lose by 3 goals to ensure that we will win the game. After that, it’s a trip to Man City on Saturday… very nerve racking indeed. Anyway, after seeing Everton win at Old Trafford last week I think the most of us would’ve taken a point yesterday. On to Wednesday it is, then.